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Yvonne Rainer

the break/s: a mixtape for stage

by Marc Bamuthi Joseph for The Living Word Project
Directed by Michael John Garcés
Executive Producer: MAPP International Productions
January 22, 23, 24 at 8PM
University Theatre (222 York Street)

In The News In The News

the break/s: a mixtape for stage is a multimedia odyssey through the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and back again. Fusing music, theatre, dance, and film, spoken-word virtuoso Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs the living history of the hip-hop generation as well as his own deeply personal and often humorous exploration of race and identity.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a Stanford University IDA resident artist, HBO Def Poet, and inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Recently named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences by Smithsonian Magazine, his performance in the break/s: a mixtape for stage has been hailed by The New York Times as “gloriously eloquent in its physicality.”

Contains strong language.

The running time for the break/s: a mixtape for stage is approximately 80 minutes.


Free and Open to the Public

Performing the Breaks: African American Aesthetic Structures

Lecture by Thomas F. DeFranz
Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-7PM
Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street

Many African American expressive cultures derive their aesthetic capacities from the manipulation of rhythm. In these modes, subjectivity emerges in high contrast at the crossroads of performance execution—at the breaks. This talk will explore the break as an aesthetic capacity accessed by performers in spoken word, music, and dance genres to explore expressive possibilities enabled by the breaking of the beat.

Co-Sponsored with Afro-American Cultural Center and African American Studies


Master's Tea with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Thursday, January 22 at 4PM
Trumbull College Master’s House, 241 Elm Street

Trumbull College hosts an informal talk with Marc Bamuthi Joseph.


Dance Workshop with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24, 2-4PM
3rd Floor Dance Studio, Loft Studios, 294 Elm Street

An interactive studio session with choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Capacity is limited to the first 25 people to show up on the day of.

Co-Sponsored with Alliance for Dance at Yale

Talk Back

Q&A sessions with the artists will be held immediately following some performances.